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Illegal gold mining destroys wetland forest in Madagascar park
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 19 February 2019 (Mongabay) - Over the last two years, small crews of miners using rudimentary hand tools have made repeated incursions into Ranomafana National Park in southeastern Madagascar, to dig hundreds of shallow pit mines.

Mexico to close infamous island penal colony
MEXICO CITY, 19 February 2019 (AP) - Mexico will close its infamous Isla Marias prison, the last island penal colony in a hemisphere once dotted with remote island jails like the one depicted in the movie “Papillon.”

In the Solomon Islands, making amends in the name of conservation
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 19 February 2019 (Mongabay) - The Kwaio people of the Solomon Islands have been working with scientists to protect their homeland from resource extraction and development.

Giant pines a tourist draw, cash cow for Yogyakarta farmers
MANGUNAN, Indonesia, 19 February 2019 (Mongabay) - Not long ago, people would come to Mangunan only to tap the giant trunks of reddish pine for sap, used as everything from antiseptic to glue. But in only a few years these columns of giant Sumatran pines have become a well-known tourism attraction in selfie-snapping Indonesia.

Taxpayers to cop $1.3m Hinchinbrook clean-up bill
SYDNEY, Australia, 19 February 2019 (ABC) - In Australia's largest island national park, taxpayers will be forced to spend $1.3 million cleaning up a resort in ruins while the Queensland Government courts companies to build more eco-accommodation on the other side of the island.

Gozo could be pilot island for switch to electric vehicles
SAN GWANN, Malta, 19 February 2019 (MaltaToday) - Gozo could potentially be used as a pilot project for the switch to all-electric vehicles, the Prime Minister has suggested.

Bulk carrier leaking oil on Solomons Islands reef
LONDON, UK, 19 February 2019 (Guardian) - The Solomon Islands prime minister has asked Australia for emergency help cleaning up an environmental disaster after oil spilled from a bulk carrier that ran aground on a coral reef near a world heritage area.

26 European islands launch clean energy transition
BRUSSELS, Belgium, 18 February 2019 (EC) - Today, 26 European islands have officially launched their clean energy transition with the support of the European Commission’s Clean Energy for EU Islands Secretariat.